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Australian Burlesque Museum presents 'ICONS' - the Inaugural Exhibition

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A celebration of the Australian bump and grind through time
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UPDATE: Please note change of dates and venue

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Images courtesy of Australian Burlesque Museum

Blush Creative at Level 2, Como Centre, 299 Toorak Rd, South Yarra are hosting the Australian Burlesque Museum's very first exhibition 'ICONS'. This grand opening event will be showcasing the pioneer performers of Australian Burlesque both at home and on international shores. Being a free to attend event (except for the 'talk' on 5 Dec), it leaves it open for everyone to come along to enjoy the history of burlesque. Donations would also be happily accepted for ongoing research and exhibitions of the Australian Burlesque Museum. Donate at the gallery or online. Times and dates of the event are as follows.

29 November to 5 December 2015

Mon - Sun 10am to 6pm

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Lola the Vamp will be giving a special talk & photo signing on the 5th of December during the exhibition. Photo Credit Kahlia Litzow Productions

This premiere exhibition will give you a snapshot into the early Australian burlesque scene through iconic costumes, props, photos, video footage, newspaper articles and more. This is bound to take off as a highlight on the burlesque calendar. Events Calendar is as follows: -

Includes pop up performances by burlesque performers and a short welcome/introduction from the gallery curators. Free event. Donations welcome.

Join Imogen Kelly as she presents a history like no other. This is a talk on The Golden Mile, Australia's home of burlesque; a seething strip of violent clubs running along Darlinghurst road. It's an interesting talk that covers criminal owners, transexual take-overs, police raids, famous murders, stripper riots, drugs, arson and a lot more, from the woman who survived it. Don't be disappointed, book now. Seats are strictly limited; pre-booking recommended. CLICK HERE for tickets. Tickets are $10 and $12 at the door, if any remain.


Saturday 5 December 5pm onwards - Closing Party
Includes pop up burlesque performance, window dancers, signings and more. Free event. Donations welcome.

A presentation from Dr Lola Montgomery aka Lola the Vamp about completing her PhD in Burlesque (the first such PhD submission on burlesque in the world) which will give you insight into the role of the female burlesque performer in popular culture today. Space is strictly limited; pre-booking recommended. CLICK HERE for tickets. Tickets are $10 online, $12 at the door, if any remain.

As a unique country separated geographically, Australia developed its own performance style, different from anywhere else in the world. The Australian Burlesque Museum is committed to the research, preservation and celebration of Australian Burlesque and its performers who bumped and ground their way throughout history to present day across Australian stages.

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Items from Gypsy Wood's glittering career in burlesque will be featured. Photo Credit Aurelia Thevenin

With the promise of a full calendar of events to be released to announce more details of iconic performers and troupes, performances, market stalls, champagne tours, signings, sit down discussions with icons, and a whole lot more, join the Event Page to stay updated. You'll also find some details on the Facebook Page and Website.

If you're passionate about burlesque and would like to volunteer to help at this first exhibition, or if you'd like to join the Australian Burlesque Museum volunteer database, they'd be happy to have you on board. CLICK HERE to register your expression of interest and let them know your availability.
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Why? Opening exhibition of the Australian Burlesque Museum's ICONS.
When: 29 November to 5 December 2015: Mon - Sun 10am to 6pm i.e. open every day.
Where: Blush Creative, Como Centre, Level 2, 299 Toorak Road, South Yarra, VIC
Cost: Free to attend except for the 'talk' on 5 December (see article).
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